Alright everybody, Halloween season is around the corner and the costume shops are opening. I get that certain sexy costumes bordering on the ridiculous (or pedophilic, sexy Dora the explora?) are unavoidable and occasionally amusing so whatever wear what you’re comfortable in BUT I want to ask you to please please please please try to avoid the sexy day of the dead costumes.
I’ve heard the whole “but I’m paying homage/respect to your culture” spiel and I get the appeal of exploring other cultures because they’re interesting I do, but if you want to pay respect or try to understand more about day of the dead id be more than happy to walk you through the importance of an altar of family members that have passed away, how to set it up, what it means, cleaning your loved ones gravesite if you live near enough to visit and why that process of cleaning and eating there is important.
For me and many many other Mexicans Dia de los Muertos is a time where we pay homage to the lives of our loved ones and the good times we had with them , it’s a healthy way to explain death to young ones, and to experience our grief and love in a safe setting surrounded by friends family and tradition. The point of this holiday is not about dressing up as skeletons or spitting on deaths face and saying we are invincible or anything like that. It’s about closure, it’s about celebrating the lives of the ones that are no longer with us, and realizing that death is not the end if the world, that whether you believe in the after life or not your memory will live on in the minds and hearts of those you’ve left behind. So please out of respect for a tradition near and dear to my heart and to the families who celebrate it, please avoid the halloween Day of the Dead costumes. Thanks